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Discrimination in rental markets: Evidence from Norway

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  • Beatty, Timothy K.M.
  • Sommervoll, Dag Einar

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This paper examines discrimination in the rental housing market. We analyze a rich data set on rental contracts from Norway. We find that tenants born abroad pay a statistically significant and economically important premium for their dwelling units after controlling for a comprehensive set of apartment, individual and contract specific covariates. Moreover, we find that the premium is largest for tenants of African origin. Finally, Norwegians whose parents were born abroad also face a statistically significant and economically important rental premium that is directly comparable to the premium paid by tenants born abroad.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Housing Economics.

Volume (Year): 21 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 121-130

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jhouse:v:21:y:2012:i:2:p:121-130

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Keywords: Discrimination; Rental markets; Hedonic regression;

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